The fact that the world is facing several major humanitarian crises now and that Somalia scores higher on the statistics than before, has led to less attention and thus less funding to the country. It is not right that we should compete for aid money! It’s really terrible! But we know that because of the great crises in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan there is little money left for other humanitarian crises that do not get the same attention. It is wrong to put these crises up against each other. The international community should be able to handle all humanitarian crisis!
The reality in Somalia is tough. Here are are some facts:
- 2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian crisis
- 50,000 children are severely malnourished and at death’s door
- Women in Somalia face the second highest risk of maternal death in the world and babies are at the highest risk of dying on the day of their birth
- 1.1 million people are displaced within their own country
- Polio has returned, with 193 cases recorded in the last year
- Just 30% of the population has access to clean drinking water
- Fewer 1 in 4 people have access to adequate sanitation facilities
- 1 in 7 children are acutely malnourished
Our partners on the ground in Somalia know how tough it is. The progress we have seen in Somalia is fragile. The combination of conflicts between various groups and nature disasters make this progress incredibly vulnerable. So far this year only 12% of the funds needed for humanitarian assistance has been granted.
We at Yme worry about the water situation in particular. We have been working in Somalia since 2006 and has great knowledge of the challenges there and what needs to be done to ensure that residents have access to clean drinking water.
We, who work for peace and the building of Somalia, are concerned that if the world fails Somalia now, we risk a major setback and will again see a worsening of the humanitarian situation in the country.